Neymar banned two matches; probe into racism claims opened+pics

Neymar has been handed a two-match ban for punching Marseille player Alvaro Gonzalez.

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Neymar has received a two-match ban for landing a punch on Alvaro Gonzalez during the extraordinary finish to PSG’s 1-0 defeat to Marseille last Sunday.

A brawl kicked off right at the end of Le Classique which saw the referee dole out five red cards and take the total yellow card count up to a dozen.

The Brazilian superstar was not sent off in the initial fracas, but was instead sent packing by VAR after he was spotted landing a punch on the back of the Spaniard’s head.

Neymar, however, claims that Gonzalez racially abused him, which has now prompted an investigation by Ligue 1 into the incident.


The 28-year-old says that the Marseille defender called him a ‘monkey son of a b**ch’ amid the chaotic scenes.

Aside from Neymar, PSG midfielder Leonardo Paredes picked up a three-match ban after he was shown a red card as well.

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Their teammate Layvin Kurzawa received the biggest punishment on either side after getting banned for six matches.


Marseille’s Dario Benedetto, who committed the challenge which kicked off all the wild scenes in the first place, has been hit with a one-game ban while his teammate Jordan Amavi will have to miss the next three games.

Gonzalez has since stated that he did not racially abuse Neymar, and he’s accused the former Barcelona star of using a homophobic slur.


Marseille have also defended their player by claiming his innocence through a club statement.

‘Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist, he demonstrated it to us by his daily behaviour since joining the club, and his team-mates have already testified,’ they said.

PSG have lost their first two Ligue 1 games of the season, while l’OM are flying high after back-to-back victories.




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